The CPF is a national Party group that gives members the opportunity to discuss the major policy challenges facing Britain. It is chaired by George Freeman MP. With active groups in every region, the CPF is a fantastic way for Members of the Party to have their voices heard on some of the most important issues facing our country.
The Forum aims to publish five discussion briefs each year (that is, one every other month, with a break for May elections and the summer). Since relaunching after the 2015 general election, the Forum has collected policy suggestions from about 250 different groups, representing around 300 constituencies and over 3,000 members and supporters – all of which were summarised and sent to the Prime Minister's Policy Advisers and to Conservative members of Cabinet. These, in turn, all received a formal ministerial response and have resulted in ongoing policy development behind the scenes. In addition to this, we also engage with our members through monthly members' surveys, online video conferences with leading members of the Party, and various regional and national events.
Through this work we very successfully fulfilled our remit of helping the Party to identify the problems we will face during the next Parliament and, crucially, to address how we can secure a better future for Britain and for hardworking taxpayers. Many CPF groups also contribute to debates on local issues and actively participate in campaigning in their constituencies.
The CPF’s history can be traced back to the Conservative Political Centre of the early post-war years. This made a significant contribution to the development of election-winning policies that delivered thirteen years of radical Conservative Government from 1951 to 1964. Building on this heritage, our aim is to create a truly national Forum, accessible to all regardless of age or location that has real influence on Party policy.
There is a CPF professional team in CCHQ to support you, so please feel free to get in touch if you are interested in joining or forming a CPF group or if you would like to know what you can do to help to ensure we continue to elect Conservative representatives at both local and national level.